Sex assault social worker, who worked in Leeds, struck off by health care panel

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A Leeds social worker, who was convicted of sexual assault earlier this year, has been struck off.

Robert Throne, who used to work as a joint care manager assistant at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust (LCH), will no longer be able to practice social work after the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) decision last week.

At a Northumberland Magistrates Court hearing in January, Mr Throne was fined £100, given a community order and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years after he admitted sexually assaulting a man in his 20s on Warkworth beach in Northumberland the year previous.

A HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee panel was told that Mr Throne left his LCH role, which did not require a social worker qualification, in December 2014.

Panel chair Lesley White said: “The panel considered that there is a risk of repetition of the behaviour identified in the conviction given that Mr Throne shows a lack of insight, and cannot give any explanation as to how this happened. “His conviction for such serious matters fundamentally undermines public confidence in the profession and breaches fundamental tenets of the profession.”

Sam Prince, director of operations at LCH, said that the trust took “all necessary action”.

He said: “As a result of our own patient safety investigation, we were satisfied patient care was not compromised.”